Cranbourne based trainer Brian Duthie enjoyed one of his most satisfying wins when his horse Hair Razor was successful in the SBG Accountants Pace at Cranbourne on Sunday afternoon.
Duthie has battled serious health issues over the past 12 months and had a lengthy break from training while undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. It was only in early June that Duthie returned to the Cranbourne Training Centre, a move that he credits with helping his recovery enormously.
“Yesterday’s win was the best tonic anyone could have,” Duthie said. “I’d just been feeling so crook for so long and as well as being hard physically, it takes such a toll mentally. It really gets you down and getting back to the stables and into a daily routine gave me a real focus.”
“I still can’t do that much and Tony Mallia has been terrific help coming in and driving the horse in all his trackwork. I can’t thank him enough. I’ve modified Hair Razor’s training to combine work on the treadmill at the centre along with swimming between his fast runs and it allows me to just potter along keeping him ticking over.”
Hair Razor resumed at Cranbourne on the 8th September and would have finished a lot closer to the winner had he not gone off-stride at the 600-metre mark in that event.
Aggressively driven by Mallia on Sunday, Hair Razor punched through from his second row draw to find the position outside The Defiant in the lead and really put that horse to the sword running down the back straight the last time. With most of his rivals struggling, Hair Razor set up a winning break on the home turn and while he got a little tired over the concluding stages, the BGs Folly gelding held a ten-metre margin on the line to win from Extortion with Vernnay filling third placing.
“Scott Ewen was good enough to let us work with his good horse (Bulletproof Boy) a week or so back and I think we learned a couple of little things from that workout that helped us yesterday.”
Hair Razor will have his next start when racing returns to Cranbourne next Sunday evening (6th October) and no doubt Brian Duthie will be hoping for a little more of that “good medicine” that comes with winning.
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography